Carlos Tevez has declared his intention to remain at Manchester City and repay the faith Sheikh Mansour has shown in him.
Tevez looked destined for the Blues' exit door in January after effectively going on strike following his apparent refusal to warm-up prior to a Champions League tie in Munich last September.
However, the 28-year-old Argentina star returned to City when a hoped-for-move to AC Milan failed to materialise.
Tevez has subsequently triggered a revival if City's title challenge, scoring against West Brom before grabbing a hat-trick in the six-goal hammering of Norwich.
He is expected to start Monday night's crucial Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, and he wants to be around a lot longer.
"This club has been building something special for the last few years," he told the Manchester Evening News.
"It was the project and the dream that made me come to City in the first place.
"I've been here since the start of that project and I share the same vision as Sheikh Mansour.
"He has always been brilliant with me and I want to repay his faith and stay here as long as it takes to make the project a success.
"I am an ambitious person. I want to work hard and win things with City. That's all that matters to me, as a player and a person."
Tevez's advisor, Kia Joorabchian, believes the player can look forward to a successful career with City.
"[By committing] he's saying he's very happy here," Joorabchian told Sky Sports News.
"We'll see what happens, I hope he can have a long career here.
"I think he has been accepted again by City fans. Like Carlos said, he's tried to do what he always has done throughout his career and in recent games he's been doing that and hopefully tonight he'll have a big impact."
Joorabchian also said Tevez is relishing the derby with United, and hopes the match will be a positive advert for the city.
"He's feeling great, he's raring to go and loves these big occasions," he said.
"That's what Carlos is all about, these big occasions.
"This is huge, you can't take away from the fact this team has done an amazing job. The whole city of Manchester is going to benefit today, the whole world is watching Manchester."
what do you think?
that's coz U sussed nobody wants you
What a load of rubbish .... The man goes on strike 4 months and just comes back as if nothing has happened .... If it was'nt the Manchester derby tonight he wouldn't be saying this. I'm a united fan but 2 me he is taking the p*ss out of loyal city fans who if they had done what he has, would be queuing down the dole office this morning !!!!!
Steven James Farmer
What a load of tosh. I'm not a football fan anymore because theres too much money in the game but thats another argument. Saying tevez started a revival is crap. Man city got themselves in a position to win the league after tevez went awol and the only reason hes come back is.he sees silverwear on the horizon. Hes an oportunistic waster who city don't need.
get rid of him who does he think he is. this guy only bring trouble
If he scores the winner tonight he will be a hero. there is more to the story than we know. im a villa fan. id love him at villa park